McCain: I'm Like Jack BauerBy Kate Phillips
In an interview recently with Marie Claire magazine, Senator John McCain said he most identified with Kiefer Sutherland, who portrays Jack Bauer on "24," as opposed to Jack Nicholson or Bob Dylan.
"We have a lot in common because he escapes all the time," Mr. McCain said. But when confronted with the notion that Agent Bauer, on the Fox TV show — still in hiatus until its next season — tortures people, Mr. McCain, a former P.O.W. in Vietnam, responded: "Yeah, that's right. That's where Jack and I disagree. He believes in torture, but I don't. He says, 'Tell me where the weapons are.' The person says, 'I won't.' Bam! 'O.K., I'll tell.' "
Asked about his other TV favorites, he called "Borat," "very, very coarse. I also like 'The Office' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' Larry David's the neighbor that you find to be a real pain in the rear end."
And about that infamous temperament, "Are you going to go nuclear on us if you're the president?" Mr. McCain replied no, that he would become angered by corruption in Washington, or out-of-control spending.
On the domestic front, he said he usually deferred to his wife, Cindy McCain, on purchases because she had such good taste. He said: "She makes most of our purchases because I think she has very good taste, and it's been made abundantly clear over time that I do not. But there are certain areas where I must make my opinion felt … including the remote. …
"There was one big decision that we made together. Cindy had grown up in the house that we lived in. And our kids, except for one, were no longer living there. So we had a long conversation and decided we would move into a condominium. That was one of the most painful days of her life.
Now we're happy. We just don't drive by our old house."
It would be remiss of us not to mention that the McCains' real estate holdings — at least seven houses or condos — have come under much derision from the Democrats since Mr. McCain was unable to remember how many they owned.
The interview took place before the senator's surprise announcement that he had chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Asked in the interview about what he needed to do to counter the single women's vote going toward Senator Barack Obama, the Republican would-be nominee at the time said:
"I hope this does not sound in any way inappropriate — the importance of the women's vote. They are the majority of the population, and many of them are still undecided. So I have to work hard."
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